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UN rights chief urges India to ‘unlock’ Kashmir

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has once again urged New Delhi to ease the current lockdowns and curfews in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

In her opening statement ahead of the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council, the UN rights chief said she was “deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of people of Kashmir”.

“I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists,” she said.

On August 5, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped people of Kashmir of the constitutional rights they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order. Since then, an indefinite curfew has been in place in occupied Kashmir while elected leaders are still under house arrest.

The foreign minister had last month written to the UN human rights chief to call upon India to end rights abuses in occupied Kashmir.

Qureshi, in a letter addressed to Bachelet, had asked her to demand from India to “rescind its unilateral actions, lift the curfew and other draconian measures, and restore fundamental rights of the  people of Kashmir”.

 

 

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